1931 Trade Directory, Co. Wicklow

Directories set out to record the ‘principal inhabitants’ of a community, particularly those in trade or the professions. Directories were put together by individuals and publishers for commercial purposes at intervals during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Here is the 1931 Trade Directory, exclusive to From-Ireland.net:

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Allen J.Albert WalkGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Allen V. R.20 Florence rdJewellersBray
Annesley Henry29 Main stDrapersArklow
Annesley Henry29 Main stStationersArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stChina & Glass DealersArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stGrocersArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stHardware MerchantsArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stIronmongersArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stOil & Colour MerchantsArklow
Annesley Joseph50 Main stStationersArklow
Archer T. & SonArd-na-ree, La Touche roadBuilding ContractorsGreystones
Arnold O.62 Main stBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Austin R. A.1 Goldsmith tceChemists & PharmacistsBray
Bailey A.Dargle rdPlumbers & GasfittersBray
Bailey S.53 Main stCoach & Carriage BuildersBray
Bank of IrelandMain stBanksArklow
Barnwell James3 Albert Cotts., Newtown VevayDairiesBray
Bates Wm.FerrybankUndertakersArklow
Bates Wm. H.FerrybankMotor EngineersArklow
Bayview Private HotelBayswater terraceHotelsGreystones
Belmont HotelEsplanadeHotelsBray
Bergin Mrs.Castle streetGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Birthistle T.5 Main stGrocersArklow
Birthistle T.5 Main stWine & Spirit MerchantsArklow
Bishop JosephCastle streetBoot & Shoe MakersBray
Bolger R. J.18 Main st.Grocers & Spirit DealersBray
Bonne BoucheDelgany roadRestaurantGreystones
Boyland P., Messrs22 Main stDrapersArklow
Bradford A., Mrs.22 Upper Main stUndertakersArklow
Bradshaw W.Erin Cottage, Vevay rdDentistsBray
Brady J.6 Goldsmith terConfectionersBray
Brady J.6 Goldsmith terTobacconistsBray
Bray & Dargle Laundry Co.Dargle rdLaundriesBray
Bray & South Dublin HeraldMain st, WicklowNewspapersBray
Bray Head HotelEsplanadeHotelsBray
Bray Printing Co. Ltd.11 Main stPrintersBray
Brennan A. B.56 Main stCorn MerchantArklow
Brennan A. B.56 Main stGrocersArklow
Brennan Arthur B.56 Main stCoal ImportersArklow
Brennan Arthur B.56 Main stWine & Spirit MerchantsArklow
Brennan P.Strand StoresGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Briggs W. E.Church BuildingsChemists & DruggistsArklow
Bruce JamesHerbert roadDairiesBray
Buckley JohnChurch roadVictuallersGreystones
Buckley R.17 Main stGrocers & Spirit DealersBray
Bury George & SonsFerrybankPainters & DecoratorsArklow
Butler William H.30 Main stChina & Glass DealersArklow
Butler William H.30 Main stConfectionersArklow
Butler William H.30 Main stCycle AgentsArklow
Byrne A., Dr.BellviewPhysicians & SurgeonsArklow

In Ireland, many of the towns had a square, and around the square were houses (homes) with one or two shops or business’s. The streets of the town all went from that square. Most towns had a ‘Main street’ – some called it a High street, and it was usually on that main street that the majority of shops and businesses were located. Shops had one or two large windows depending on the size of the shop. Many Public houses had a grocery section. You walked in the door and the grocery section was at the front of the shop with the pub at the back – usually a wooden division separating both. The Grocer or Publican may have had a field or more behind the building, cows were milked and the milk was sold to those who would bring in their ‘Jimmy’ cans. Most business men/people had more than one occupation. The Publican as described above was also the Grocer and if he sold milk then he could also be described as a Dairy man. As you go through this list of names you will see that many.